Paul Field (musician)

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Paul Field
Paul Field performing live onstage in 2019.
Paul Field performing live onstage in 2019.
Background information
Birth namePaul James Field
Born (1961-05-03) 3 May 1961 (age 62)
OriginSydney, Australia
GenresPop rock, children's music, pub rock, Country rock
  • Producer
  • director
  • musician
  • songwriter
  • author
  • talent manager
LabelsABC Music
Member ofthe Field Brothers
Formerly ofthe Cockroaches
Pauline Field
Partner(s)Michelle Grigg

Paul James Field AM (born 3 May 1961) is an Australian musician, filmmaker and author. He is best known as one of the founding members of the Sydney pub rock band the Cockroaches and the Field Brothers and as Managing Director for the children's music group the Wiggles.

Early life and education[edit]

Field was educated at St Joseph's College Hunters Hill, where he excelled as a rugby player and musician. Upon leaving school he attained his teaching qualification from Australian Catholic University and a diploma of religious education from Aquinas Academy in Sydney.[1]

In the late 1970s, while still at boarding school he and his brothers John and Anthony formed the pop group The Cockroaches. Paul was the lead vocalist for the band and also booked their first live shows in pubs in the inner city of Sydney and Kings Cross.[2]


1979–1994: The Cockroaches[edit]

The Cockroaches enjoyed some success in Australia, producing three albums, one of which, The Cockroaches, sold 100,000 copies and became platinum.[3] The band consisted of the three Field brothers, who played guitar and vocals, fellow boarding-school student Tony Henry, who played drums, Phil Robinson on bass, and Jeff Fatt on keyboards.[4] According to Anthony Field, Paul Field was "a picture of professional efficiency",[5] whereas John Field was the showman of the group. John Field's performances on-stage built the Cockroaches' reputation for being a party-band, even though alcohol and drug use was never part of the band's culture.[6] In the heyday of The Cockroaches, they played over 300 gigs a year all over Australia;[7] according to Anthony Field, they were "one of the biggest crowd-drawing groups in Australia".[8] Australian musicologist Ian McFarland called The Cockroaches "an in-demand pub band [that built] a sweaty, frenzied atmosphere with good old-fashioned showmanship and unpretentious, energetic rock'n'pop".[9]

In 1988, The Daily Telegraph surveyed booking agencies and described the band as the "Hardest Working Rock 'n' Roll Band in the Country".[10]

In September 1988, while The Cockroaches were on tour in Queensland, Field's eight-month-old daughter died of SIDS. Her death "had a devastating effect on everyone involved", but The Cockroaches went back on tour to "create a sense of normality"[11] and because he "had bills to pay".[12] By early 1989, however, "nothing was ever the same again";[11] Anthony Field left the band to study Early Childhood Education at Macquarie University,[13] and The Cockroaches disbanded. Anthony formed The Wiggles in 1991, with Murray Cook, Greg Page, and fellow Cockroaches band member Jeff Fatt, and they dedicated their first album to his niece.[11]

1996–2020: The Wiggles[edit]

In 1996, at the request of his brother Anthony, Field became the Wiggles' manager and began working with them.[12] At first, he booked venues for the group,[14] "mainly pre-schools, RSLs and theatres".[1] By 2007, he produced and directed their videos and oversaw their consumer products.[1] As manager of the Wiggles, Anthony Field has said, "I totally trust Paul; he is an honest man".[12]

Field has expressed an appreciation for the development of the Wiggles coming out of the tragedy of his daughter's death. He has performed a song with the Wiggles called "Sleep Safe My Baby".[15]"When I think of how much joy [The] Wiggles have brought to children, it's good to know that out of an event so horrifying, something good has come", Field has said.[11] Field has his daughter's name tattooed on his right arm and the names of his four other children and his wife on his left arm, something his younger brother Anthony has emulated when he had the names of his three children tattooed on his arms.[12] Paul Field's children have appeared in several of the Wiggles' videos and television programs.[14] His son Luke Field served as tour manager and his daughter Clare Field was dance captain for The Wiggles' "Dorothy the Dinosaur Show"; both had toured with the group for most of their lives.[16][17] In 2020, Field retired from his role with The Wiggles to pursue other opportunities.[18]

2011–2020: The Field Brothers[edit]

In 2011, twenty years after the last recording of The Cockroaches, Field and his brother John recorded an album, entitled 1964 because its cover featured a picture of the brothers taken that year.[19] Their sister Maria co-wrote a track on the album, and some Cockroaches songs were re-recorded as country songs, including their hits "Some Kind of Girl", "Rely on Me", and "Permanently Single". The album was dedicated to the Fields' parents and to Paul's oldest daughter, and reflected the previous 20 years of their lives.[20]

2016 saw the release of The Field Brothers' second album Every Day Is Like an Elvis Movie, which featured cameos from guests including Greedy Smith (Mental As Anything).

2021: Solo career[edit]

In February 2021, Field announced he would release his first solo album, Love Songs for Lonely People, in June 2021. The album was preceded by the singles "Valentines Day", a duet with Australian country singer Kasey Chambers, a cover of Bob Dylan's "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere", with Jimmy Barnes and "This Way to Love and Happiness".

Love Songs for Lonely People was released on 4 June 2021.



Title Details
Love Songs for Lonely People
  • Released: 4 June 2021[21]
  • Label: Paul Fields, ABC Music


Title Year Album
"Valentines Day"
(featuring Kasey Chambers)[22]
2021 Love Songs for Lonely People
"You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"
(with Jimmy Barnes)[23]
"This Way to Love and Happiness"[24]


Field was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2020 Australia Day Honours for "significant service to the arts, particularly to children's entertainment, and as a supporter of charitable endeavours."[25]


  1. ^ a b c Elliott, Tim (7 January 2007). "It's a wiggly, wiggly world". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 June 2008.
  2. ^ St. Joseph's College Magazine. Sydney, Australia: St. Joseph's College, Hunters Hill. 1979.
  3. ^ "Platinum record award, The Cockroaches, 1988". Powerhouse Museum. Retrieved 2012-12-10
  4. ^ Field, p. 17
  5. ^ Field, p. 15
  6. ^ Field, p. 14
  7. ^ Field, p. 6
  8. ^ Field, p. 19
  9. ^ McFarlane, Ian (1999). The Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards NSW: Allen and Unwin. p. 129. ISBN 978-1865080727.
  10. ^ Coupe, Stuart (24 July 1988). "Live Cockroached No.1". Sunday Herald.
  11. ^ a b c d Stapleton, John (7 June 2008). "Death of little girl gave birth to the Wiggles". The Australian. Retrieved 24 June 2008.
  12. ^ a b c d O'Neill, Helen (7 June 2008). "Double Take". The Australian. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  13. ^ "About Us". The Wiggles Official Website. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2007.
  14. ^ a b Scott, Paul (2 April 2006). "Kid Rock". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  15. ^ "Red Nose Day: Paul Field reveals grief at losing baby daughter Bernadette to Sudden Infant death Syndrome".
  16. ^ "CSU graduates part of The Wiggles world". Charles Sturt. 30 July 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  17. ^ Collier, Shayne (9 December 2012). "Dorothy the Dinosaur wiggles in to Hornsby RSL". Hornsby Advocate. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  18. ^ Maloon, Natacha. "The Wiggles boss Paul Field leaves the children's group after 24 years". Honey. Nine.
  19. ^ "Get to Know the Field Brothers". Country Music Channel. Archived from the original on 26 March 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  20. ^ McCabe, Kathy (11 November 2011). "Brothers wiggle to a new album". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  21. ^ "Love Songs for Lonely People (DD)". Apple Music. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  22. ^ "Valentines Day - single (DD)". Apple Music. 5 February 2021. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  23. ^ "Jimmy Barnes Teams Up With Paul Field to Cover Bob Dylan's "You Ain't Going Nowhere"". Music Feeds. 2 April 2021. Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  24. ^ "Paul Field - This Way To Love And Happiness (official video)". YouTube. 21 May 2021. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  25. ^ Stehle, Mark (25 January 2020). "Australia Day Honours 2020: Full list of recipients". The Sydney Morning Herald. Nine Entertainment Co. Retrieved 25 January 2020.